Bernard Purcell caught two former leaders from the peace process in Westminster. They were joined by 1976 Nobel Peace Prize winners Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. If Trimble was upset about not being invited on Tuesday, he showed little sign of any resentment:
“We have now got the settlement we have been trying to get for so many years”. The two parties had already shown they can work well together, he said. “There will be some difficulties but they will be about genuine policy differences on decisions about public services, what policies to adopt on education – society in Northern Ireland is moving on, becoming more and more normal and I look forward to its politics becoming really boring,” he said.
And John Hume:
Afterwards he told reporters: “Obviously what is happening in Northern Ireland is the DUP and Sinn Fein are implementing SDLP policy – the same policy we have been totally consistent about in the 30 years since Sunningdale. The Good Friday Agreement is the Sunningdale Agreement which was totally opposed by the DUP and Sinn Fein.”
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